What’s Up, Elon: SpaceX to Lay Off 10% of Staff, Grimes and Azealia Banks Face Subpoenas in the Tesla Lawsuit + More

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SpaceX is set to lay off 10% of its staff

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’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company’s more than 6,000 employees.

The company said it will “part ways” with some of its manpower, citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations”, a spokesman said in an email.

In June, fired at least seven people in the senior management team leading a SpaceX satellite launch project, Reuters reported in November. The firings were related to disagreements over the pace at which the team was developing and testing its Starlink satellites.

Grimes and Azealia Banks face subpoenas in the lawsuit

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Tesla investors are suing the company’s CEO over a Tweet last August that claimed he was considering taking the company private at $420. The plaintiffs allege that both Grimes and Banks were in close contact with Musk at the time of the Tweet.

Banks and Grimes are now ordered to preserve any evidence they have related to the case.

At the time, Banks alleged that Musk had been tripping on acid when he sent that tweet, which she claimed she knew because she was trapped at Musk’s residence waiting to record with Grimes, who apparently was too busy consoling Musk while he dealt with the fallout from the tweet, leaving Banks alone. Banks later said in interviews that she overheard Musk on the phone “scrounging for investors” to find funding to take Tesla private.

The end of Tesla’s customer referral program

The eccentric billionaire tweeted Wednesday night that as of Feb. 1, the program that gave referred Tesla buyers free six months of Supercharging (and three more months if they didn’t take a test drive) would be ending.

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With the program’s end comes the end of Tesla’s quirky perks for getting your friends to buy the electric cars. For your first referral you got to launch your photo into deep space orbit. A second referral offered the choice between an Elon-signed black Wall Connector or a mini driveable electric Model S for kids.

Once you got up to five referrals you got a VIP invitation for you and a guest to a “future unveiling event.” Somewhat presumptuous, but that Model Y has to come out at some point.

Every week the program awarded a lucky winner the chance to “race a giant electric semi truck around our test track.”

plans another massive tunnel

The Tesla CEO responded to a tweet from Australian politician Jeremy Buckingham, who reached out to Musk about solving traffic congestion in Sydney with a tunnel possibly similar to the test unveiled by The Boring Company in Los Angeles.

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Buckingham, a Sydney-based, independent New South Wales MP, wondered how much it would cost to build a 50-kilometer (31-mile) tunnel stretching through the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

Musk responded, breaking down costs for two-way hhigh-speedtransit at around $750 million (at $15 million per kilometer), and $50 million to build a station. If these numbers are in U.S dollars, that total $800 million translates to a cheeky A$1.1 billion.

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To put it in perspective, The Boring Company said its 1.14-mile (1.8 kilometer) test tunnel, located in Hawthorne, California, cost $10 million (A$13.8 miilion).

See also, showed car tunnels that will deal with the traffic problem in Los Angeles:


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